32 Years and Counting…
32 Years Ago We Said, “I Do.”
Today is our 32nd anniversary and I’m in Amsterdam and Dick is in Seattle. But Sunday we will begin our celebration on a cruise to Alaska. The story of crewmembers lives—celebrations rarely happen on the actual date.
Being married 32-years to Dick Petitt has been one heck of ride and I would not have missed it for the world. Watching our daughters grow into beautiful women and become incredible mothers has been a highlight for both of us.
How do you stay married so long and in this aviation industry with AIDS (Aviation Induced Divorce Syndrome) so rampant? By going that extra mile. There is nothing easy about being married with kids and running a household when half the team leaves the country monthly. Patience and understanding are a valued theme.
Making the commitment to stay together creates a bond like no other. I won’t tell you it’s been 32-years of marital bliss—how boring would that be. In reality it has been 32-years of excitement, adventure, laughter, tears, frustrations, sorrows, and joy—exactly what makes the marriage so much fun and worth every moment. And then the grandkids come... and it gets that much better.
Making it through the rough times creates a bond that holds it all together. When you make a commitment to the family and to each other—it just works.
And at the end of the day, when you can sit back and laugh at the memories, share the tears, and know that someone is by your side forever and four days—you know that the world is as it should be.
The time has flown by. Making it 32 years, we know there is nothing that we can’t do standing by each others side. We are flying forward, fearless into the future—together.
I Love You!
Enjoy the Journey ... we are.